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Dr. Soheir Stolba is a medical anthropologist who has 30 years of experience in  maternal/health, family planning and reproductive health consulting.  She has worked as a project designer, project manager, trainer,  strategic planner, evaluator and researcher in several Middle Eastern,  African and Asian countries. Dr. Stolba is a co-founder of the SHARE  Institute and she serves as the Institute's President.

                                       

Dr.  Stolba has special expertise in all aspects of proposal writing,  research design, qualitative research methods and training, including  curriculum development, training systems development, management of  training events, participatory training, health policy analysis,  strategic planning and quality assurance of training. She has worked in  Egypt, Iraq, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Jordan, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria, Lesotho, Morocco,  Tunisia, Turkey, Indonesia, China, Pakistan, India, Holland, the USA,  Mexico, Afghanistan, Nigeria and Kenya.

                                       

Dr. Stolba has worked for 30 years as a consultant for the U.S.  Agency for International Development and the World Health Organization.  She experienced first hand, how foreign assistance sometimes does not  reach the very poor. Moreover, as a consultant, she never really saw  the results of her work. Consequently, due to her extensive experience  in working in developing countries and her strong belief that sharing  even a small amount of funding can help, she decided to launch The  SHARE Institute. The unique focus of SHARE was and is her desire to  work "small", and to focus on people-to-people assistance. In other  words, SHARE helps the poorest of the poor by providing micro-credit  loans and small grants that go toward education, technical training and  health programs. Dr. Stolba manages most of the operations herself,  which means she travels at least four months out of the year to such  countries as Afghanistan, India, Egypt, Yemen, Nigeria, etc.

                                       

SHARE works through local non-profit organizations. The mini-grants  fund small but dynamic groups in developing countries. These groups  have to show evidence of accountability and transparency in their work.

                                       

In order to obtain funding for SHARE's considerable number of  programs, Dr. Stolba gives presentations, accepts speaking engagements  and donations and sells beautiful and intricately designed jewelry,  tablecloths and needlework produced by the women SHARE funds.